Coast Guard medically assists injured boater

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — The Coast Guard assisted an injured man aboard his boat near the mouth of the Merrimack River, in Newburyport, Mass., Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Merrimack River received a call at about 9 a.m. Thursday from boaters on a 23-foot boat reporting that a man aboard had slipped, lacerated his face, and possibly broken his nose.

A Coast Guard Station Merrimack River 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water crew launched to assist. Once on scene, crews helped stabilize the man and the SPC-SW crew escorted the boat to Station Merrimack River, where they were met by awaiting EMS and Newburyport Fire Department members.

“Weather is unpredictable on the water and boats are very unstable when underway,” said Petty Officer First Class Ben Molnar, a Station Merrimack River crewmember. “All boaters should stay aware of their surroundings at all times, and keep a firm grip on the boat.”

The Coast Guard urges all boaters to take a safe-boating course and to have the proper safety equipment aboard at all times while underway.

This is the 1st Coast Guard District’s 2,722nd search and rescue case since January 2011.

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